automatic toilet paper dispenserI know it’s been hard on us all having to manually unroll the toilet paper for the past 100 or so years, but your worries are over and good old SolidWorks may have had a large part in it.

News was announced yesterday that Kimberly-Clark, the name most are familiar with in public restrooms, has developed and produced an automatic toilet paper dispenser. This is definitely new but not too unusual since they already have an automatic paper towel dispenser.

This product was developed in the Roswell, Georgia division which last I know uses SolidWorks as their primary CAD package. I imagine they have the most accurate 3D representation of toilet paper you can find.

A brief history of toilet paper

  • 1857 – Joseph C. Gayetty of New York produced first packaged t.p. in U.S.
  • 1880 – Rolled and perforated toilet paper invented by Scott paper.
  • 1935 – Northern Tissue advertised “splinter-free” toilet paper. (Phew!)
  • 1942 – St. Andrew’s Paper Mill in Great Britain introduced two-ply toilet paper.
  • 1973 – America experienced its first toilet paper shortage.
  • 1999 – The Virtual Toilet Paper Museum opened its virtual doors.
  • 2007 – Kimberly-Clark creates the first automatic toilet paper dispenser.
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